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Review by Suze
Josephine wants to forget about her past and when Freya, her former best friend, contacts her and wants to meet she panics. In 1996 they were both promising students at a boarding school. They were excellent students with a lot of potential and Oxford was where they wanted to go next. One night changed everything. Suddenly Freya and Josephine were no longer best friends and things went very wrong between them with devastating consequences. The past still influences the present and will never go away again...
The Exclusives is a gripping story about two girls who seem to have it all. Things aren't always as they seem though. Josephine and Freya are both young and they make mistakes. I read some of the scenes with tears in my eyes. There are plenty of secrets and misunderstandings and there's a snowball effect that can't be stopped. This story kept me on the edge of my seat and I read it in one sitting. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. The ending is amazing, fitting and surprising at the same time. Of course I had my suspicions, but there were some very interesting twists and turns.
Rebecca Thornton is great at creating tension. Part of the story is set in 2014 and part in 1996. I couldn't read through the chapters fast enough to find out how each part of the story would continue. This has been done this in such a brilliant way that I even forgot to breathe from time to time. I loved Josephine's voice. She has her flaws, but I also liked her a lot. She's a main character that will stay with me for a very long time. I love Rebecca Thornton's vivid writing style. She has a great way of describing settings and situations which made me feel the huge variety of emotions in the story very well. It was easy to sympathize with the main characters and the situation. I absolutely loved this fantastic book and highly recommend it.